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Translating Caring Theory Across the Continuum From Inpatient to Ambulatory Care

Tonges, Mary PhD, FAAN, NEA-BC, RN; McCann, Meghan MSN, NE-BC, RN; Strickler, Jeff MA, CEN, NE-BC, RN

Journal of Nursing Administration: June 2014 - Volume 44 - Issue 6 - p 326–332
doi: 10.1097/NNA.0000000000000077

While theory-based practice is a Magnet® characteristic, translating theories to practice remains challenging. As a result, theory-guided practice remains an ideal rather than a realized goal in many organizations. This article provides an overview of a research-derived caring theory, a translational model for theory-driven practice, implementation of a delivery model designed to translate theory across the acute and ambulatory care continuum, and resulting outcomes in oncology clinics and the emergency department.

Author Affiliations: Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer (Dr Tonges), Director of Oncology (Ms McCann), and Director of Emergency Services (Mr Strickler) UNC Hospitals, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence: Mr Strickler, UNC Hospitals, 101 Manning Dr, Chapel Hill, NC 27524 (

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